Julie Coleman

in A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199549375
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720772 | DOI:

Series: A History Of Cant and Slang Dictionaries


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The conclusion draws together trends observed in the dictionaries discussed, noting particularly the difference in perspective between British historical dictionaries and American contemporary dictionaries. In Britain, Australia, and the United States slang had a different social meaning, and this is reflected in the dictionaries. The Conclusion also summarizes developments in slang lexicography and looks forward to developments to be discussed in Volume IV of the series.

Keywords: historical lexicography; slang lexicography; non-standard English; African-American English; American English; Australian English; British English

Chapter.  1581 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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